Clergy Launch Assault on Church Leadership Reform
Andrew Brown Religious Affairs Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
Religious Affairs Correspondent
Leading clergymen yesterday criticised radical plans for reforming the government of the Church of England, warning that it would create an unrepresentative autocracy.
A meeting of the General Synod, at Church House, Westminster, was told that the changes - proposed by a committee chaired by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Rev Michael Turnbull, and enthusiastically backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey - would place "very considerable power in the hands of a largely unelected body that does not appear to be answerable to the Synod or anyone else", according to Canon John Stanley, prolocutor (chairman) of the clergy of the York Archdiocese.
He asked whether the National Council, the new central committee which the Turnbull report proposes, will be able to "give a two-digit sign to the synod? . . . If you give a body power, it will take it", Canon Stanley said.
The two archbishops would appoint eight of the 15 members of the proposed National Council, which would take over the executive functions of the synod and of the Church Commissioners.
"The patronage of the two archbishops will give them enormous influence and power," said Canon Stanley. "This will be …
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